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Here’s How to Nail the Scandinavian Look That Everyone Loves

February 27, 2020
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Minimalist colour palettes, cosy accents, and striking modern furniture - all of these elements perfectly describe a room that infuses Scandinavian aesthetic. The Scandinavian interior design originated from the Nordic countries in the mid-1950s and remains one of the most popular styles today adopted in homes around the globe.

Summerskye Residence, Bayan Lepas by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

Looking for pointers to achieve a minimalist Scandinavian interior design that Nordic countries are well-known for? Follow our tips below and check out these beautifully designed Scandinavian homes in Malaysia to get some ideas on how to infuse a space with the clever functionality and pleasing aesthetics of Scandinavian interiors.

1. Shower rooms with light

Natural sunlight is a rare commodity in Nordic countries, especially in the autumn and winter. To overcome the insufficient daylight, Scandinavians will keep their window treatment to a bare minimum to allow natural light to pour into a space.

Summerskye Residence, Bayan Lepas by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

We love how the designer chooses to install large windows and white blinds in this Scandinavian home in Penang to invite more natural light to shine the rooms. It instantly brightens up and makes the space look visually spacious.

Summerskye Residence, Bayan Lepas by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

2. Go neutral

A Scandinavian interior is often associated with neutral hues of greys, whites and blacks. In a typical Scandinavian home, walls, furniture, including floors are often found in a white tone to create bright, airy spaces to counteract the long, dark days of winter.

The Pinnacle (A), Sunway by Ingenious Makeover

Interior Firm: Ingenious Makeover

To achieve a Scandinavian look in your own home, focus on using these muted palettes in order to create a calm and clean effect, as seen in this 800 sq ft duplex in Selangor. The neutral colour palette of black, grey and white tone is relaxing and soothing as if any stress floats away the second you sit down on the sofa, or lie on the bed.

The Pinnacle (A), Sunway by Ingenious Makeover

Interior Firm: Ingenious Makeover

3. Keep floors light and minimal

Natural or light-coloured, hardwood floors are another trademark element of Scandinavian interior design. It exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere while making the home feel bright and spacious.

Cloudtree Residence, Cheras by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

The floor does not have to be a real wooden material, though. You can still use laminated light flooring as seen in this Scandi-themed apartment in Cheras. It lends a warm and calming atmosphere to the living room.

Cloudtree Residence, Cheras by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

4. Add flowers and indoor plants

Scandinavians often draw about the nature outside them for inspiration, which is why plants and flowers are a popular choice of decoration, as they bring an earthy, arboreal element to the already natural look while adding a statement pop of colour without overwhelming the space.

One Residence, Sekinchan by Interior Hunters Sdn Bhd

Take design cues from this 3-bedroom apartment in Selangor. A beautifully displayed bouquet of lavender not only added a dose of colour to this charming space, but it also creates a visually relaxing atmosphere that is sure to instantly reduce stress levels.

One Residence, Sekinchan by Interior Hunters Sdn Bhd

5. Declutter your home

One of the most important characteristics of Scandinavian interior design is making sure that the space is clutter-free. To keep the space look less cluttered and more visually relaxing, neatly store or let go of any unnecessary items that take up precious space.

Casa Mutiara, Kuala Lumpur by Anwill Design Sdn Bhd

Interior Firm: Anwill Design Sdn Bhd

Despite the limited floor space, this studio apartment looks spacious and neat, where only purposeful items such a dining table, a two-seater sofa and a queen size bed are being displayed to achieve a clean Scandinavian design style.

Casa Mutiara, Kuala Lumpur by Anwill Design Sdn Bhd

Interior Firm: Anwill Design Sdn Bhd

6. Choose simple furniture with clean lines

When it comes to choosing furniture, simple and clean lines should be evident to achieve a Scandinavian-themed home.

Park View Court, Melaka by LoHC studio

Interior Firm: LoHC studio

Tables, chairs, sofas, and the rest of the Scandinavian decor should have a modern touch with smooth and rounded edges, as seen in this 3-bedroom apartment in Melacca. Meanwhile, the pendant lights, rugs and the bedroom walls in this apartment are covered with various vibrant pastel colours to add more interest and create a lively atmosphere to the otherwise neutral space.

Park View Court, Melaka by LoHC studio

Interior Firm: LoHC studio

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